And so it's true, I'm already falling behind with this blog, something I vowed I wouldn't let happen. But as any higher degree holding person knows, Graduate school is very demanding, to say the least. Between the endless amount of readings, projects, presentations, and group discussions, I'm still very excited and feel so blessed to be in this program. This view is from the SAIC library and being in the the middle of the city awakens my curiosity every time to explore Chicago even further.
As I'm slowly adjusting to the city life and going on spontaneous rendezvouses, I'm also trying to take in every moment of it and live it to the fullest. Starting with Graduate School Orientation, the best way to start the semester couldn't have been anymore perfect. The Art Institute of Chicago opened its galleries after hours just for the 300 plus incoming graduate students to roam around freely and meet our faculty and peers.
Walking around the Museum after hours with people who share the same passion as I do for Art was an experience I'll never forget. It was definitely a Night at the Museum moment and we all had access to a one-on-one interaction with the masterpieces around us.
While walking around the galleries, I had the opportunity to see the India Modern: Paintings of M. F. Husain installation in the Asian art gallery. Husain's paintings were striking and definitely attention grabbing as they were juxtapositioned with the artifacts of the ancient Indian world. I was intrigued by his mix of subject matter, use of color, and most importantly his style of painting in how his use of perspective plays a vital role in the narration of each painting's story. Indian Households gives an inside look into the lives of Muslim, Hindu, and Sikh families across India. I told my cousin about his installments, who seemed to know more about Husain's work than me, and she informed me about his eccentric personality and obsession with romanticized Indian mythological stories. His artwork is surely innovative and one can't possibly over look their immeasurable presence in the gallery. However, many Indian artists have expressed criticism over Husain's use of Hindu subjects and his work is open to much criticism. Despite the controversial subject matters, he is still the most recognized and celebrated Indian artist of the 20th century.
Husain held an important part in Modern Indian Art and was also known as, 'the Picasso of India." In Hindu Triad, Husain "depicts the three principal gods of the Hindu pantheon, Brahma, Vishnu, and Shiva, in their forms of creator, protector, and destroyer of the universe. The piercing red color of this work evokes the enormous energy that emanates from Hinduism's trinity." The embodiment of his work by the Art Institute of Chicago is just a glimpse into Husain's life and controversial subject matters, and I definietly encourage you to read more about him!